The president of the Government of Catalonia – together with the Minister of the Presidency, Meritxell Budó, and the Secretary for Sport and Physical Activity, Gerard Figueras – has received Sergi Mingote, climber and president of the ONAT Foundation, at the Palau de la Generalitat. The elite athlete has earned an entry in the Guinness World Records after summiting six eight-thousanders in 367 days without bottled oxygen.
Torra congratulated the climber and thanked him for “dreaming so high” and working to “ensure that everyone in Catalonia has the same opportunities to be in contact with nature and reach the world’s most spectacular peaks”. The president said: “The people we have in this country have ambitious dreams and are capable of making them a reality.”
Mingote said: “The main point of the project wasn’t to summit the eight-thousanders but to raise awareness of the work of associations that seek to ensure that people with other abilities can also achieve sports goals like this one.” On his record-setting expeditions, the climber was accompanied by the Apindep cooperative, whose members are people with disabilities.